I used to be a big fan of children’s magazines – I used to get the CBeebies one for my daughter each month. They are a great educational tool, helping kids with pen control and learning to read, but they are also great ‘prizes’ for completing a reward chart or keeping them amused on long train journeys. Kids magazines are a win for them and a win for me!
I say I used to be a big fan because there seems to be a gap in the market between preschool and being able to read competently. What we have tried my daughter has objected to on the grounds of it being too girly.
For this reason I was keen to try Love From… magazine; could it be aimed at the right age and not be too girly?
Magazine, craft supplement, stickers, glitter craft, rings, notebook, mini clipboard, rubber and sharpener
The answer seems to be yes. Although I was a bit worried when it first arrived. The selling point of Love From… magazine is that the characters featured changes each month (hence the “…”), and this month is the turn of the Rainbow Fairies. We’ve not read any Rainbow Fairy books because they seem so girly. What I have learned is never judge a book by its cover, because my daughter was more than happy with the level of girly-ness.

The day it arrived we headed out to our local Italian for lunch, taking the magazine and some colouring pencils with us. We didn’t hear a peep out of my daughter until the food arrived. She was totally engrossed.
Back at home we turned our attention to the craft activities (the magazine comes with an additional craft magazine). The one my daughter wanted to try most were the pompom pets, so I let her loose on my wool drawer and she quickly made these:
Last months issue….
…and next month’s

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this month’s issue and will be buying next month’s (featuring Tatty Teddy), but you, lucky reader, can be in with the chance of winning a 6 month subscription to Love From… just by entering the competition below.

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